Asean and India at 30: The way forward

While the big picture gives cause to celebrate, there have been drawbacks in the relationship. Domestic concerns and challenges detract attention from realising its full potential.

Tourists at the Taj Mahal in India. Tourism is an important industry for both India and Asean. PHOTO: AFP
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The ties that bind India, Asean and Singapore go back a long way.

Singapore has taken over the rotational coordinating responsibility for Asean-India relations between 2021 and 2024. The Republic has been country coordinator for the relationship on at least two other occasions since the Asean-India Dialogue began in 1992. The current tenure has added meaning; the regional bloc and India are commemorating 30 years of dialogue relations, and 2022 has been designated Asean-India Friendship Year.

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